Mmmm...today is one of those days where I completely imagine Colfer worrying for his "fragile mind" due to the fans. Yay for random inspiration. (er...got check fanfiction link in my siggy)
But, anyways. I think I've stated before that I don't think this series will result in overtly A/H romance. In fact, an earlier comment I saw on "His Dark Materials" and characters being able to have true love, yet be separated is scarily spot-on, in my mind. I mean, I recall Colfer once saying he got ideas by going through Phillip Pullman's trash.
So, Colfer, if you're reading this, and you intend to let Artemis and Holly be in love, yet kept apart for some reason. Stop. I will point and sneer all through the ending of the last book, for not being original. And gather my minions to rise against you.
Or, you know...sit here and cry profusely, and ignore your last two books.
@ the one in bold:You go, girl!
@the one in italics:Ah, well, you'll just join the rest of us. That ain't bad. :p
No, but seriously, NO cliches. NONE. I will not STAND for anything less than awesome. New character who Arty falls in love with? (*sneer*) Fuh-get about it, Eoin. If you're that confused about who should end up with (as am I) take my suggestion and leave everybody's love lives alone. That way ficcers can write (type?) their fingers off with fanfictions of their liking. Seriously. Take my advice. NOW.
Sorry if all this scares your fragile mind
but it is
Yeah, I would sort of prefer him to leave Art's love life open too (even though I'm an AH-er), because it's so much more fun to write romance fanfics when you can write it based more closely on canon. (: It would be sort of discouraging to write an AH fic when you know he's actually gotten without someone else...
His attraction to Holly has been there for a while but he hasn’t talked about it before and he develops an alter ego to express himself, in a courtly knight sort of way. Holly hates him being like this because it makes him completely useless at what he needs to do. Holly and Artemis are at completely different stages in their lives – Holly is 70 in fairy years – so while they can grow to like and respect each other they can’t be together. If you want that, read Twilight. There is a point in the series when they are briefly the same age and they kiss, but of course Artemis messes it up.
No! He couldn't have said that, I'm so disappointed... Not about AH not happening, but that he *actually* pulled the Twilight line. (No wonder AF fans disparage Twilight so much...) Like seriously, just because it's romance doesn't mean it's like Twilight, or that those of us interested in the AH romance are only interested in it because we are saps for any romantic story we happen to read.
The romance in AF is developed in a completely different way than it is in Twilight and the characters involved in the romance are completely different (Artemis and Holly are so completely independent people, with their own motivations and goals outside checking out the opposite sex). I suppose it's a bit arrogant of me to disagree with the author, but seriously Mr. Colfer, you seem to be completely underrating the work you have created and putting up limitations on 'where the series can realistically go' that don't need to exist.
Also, I wonder how he can say that they are at completely different stages of their lives, when Holly is really only a few years older than him in terms of *actual* ages? Their literal years are different, but Holly doesn't act like an eighty year old, she acts like she's in her early twenties. She was apparently sixty or so when they were 'the same age,' am I right?
However if the kiss is the last line I would prefer it not be there at all. Forgetting my fangirly mind, this is not a series you label romance, and it would be a beneath the belt ending.
What's with my similes/analogy's in the last paragraph? Honestly.
Ya know...you think that...until you're in a relationship and about to break up with someone. Let me tell you, if there's still some feeling there, you WANT that kiss SO BAD. It's the one kiss you put all of yourself in to, so you can remember it for the rest of your life. I don't like the idea that the one kiss Artemis and Holly would have would be so spur-of-the-moment that he didn't really get what was going on for most of it. There needs to be an...acknowledgement. Some single moment where they agree that something
is there, even if they aren't allowed to keep that something.
...well, on the plus, I never got my final kiss, and now I'm married to the guy. Whee!
That would be a great moment in the book, so long as it wasn't the last
moment. Especially if he's going to finish off the series it would just leave too many unanswered questions, and smutty fanfictions to be the right thing to do.
But he needs to inject AH. End of.
I can't imagine why he would do that, it would seem to make romance the central point of AF, which I don't think it is. It's just one element, so that would definitely come in a scene before the end if it was there at all, I think. I might rather they be together at the end and there not be a kiss at all rather than a 'good-bye kiss', though I suppose that's probably impossible...
I know! There has to be *some* AH to resolve everything that was going on in TTP and TAC. Even if they don't wind up together. Except I would really
hate it if it was something like, Artemis is still attracted to Holly, but it's completely one-sided now because Holly's feelings completely vanished when she turned back into an adult.
For the first four books, I was so afraid that a romance would develop between them, and it was especially because I hated the idea of it starting out as Artemis developing some kind of one-sided crush on her. So I was really happy in TTP when Holly technically made the first move...