remember the dragon age inquisition spoiler from a few months ago, which said that armor and outfits will supposedly conform to each character’s individual style when equipped?
given that hint, i am interested to see what happens when a nice, but rather plain looking mage’s robe is taken from one character’s inventory and equipped on Vivienne.
i hope the plain robe turns into something glorious that’s all the rage at Court.
and then i will seriously make my own mini-game out of transforming plain robes into inspired designs simply by offering them to Madame de Fer.
my first inquisitor will almost certainly favor practical and comfortable attire. i have high hopes for little snippets of fanfic in which she and Vivienne slowly and grudgingly come to appreciate certain aspects of each other’s personal style.
if it weren’t for the character tags i track, how would i ever find so many strangers’ blogs to ignore?
a love note in lieu of road rage
while I absolutely agree with all the issues re: soulmates, and the terrifying potential of the dystopian mind control … I’m actually basically writing a story with it anyways? *snorts*
oh, hun, i hope you don’t think i’d ever hold that against you! (i don’t)
There’s a lot of possibility there. Because say you have two sets of “soulmates” and their goals are in direct opposition to each other. Does the paradox undo the sinister machine that runs the soulmate gulag?
possibly so. in the context of that magic dystopia, i like imagining that the soulmate magic doesn’t work on everyone the same way. there’s a small percentage of the population that is entirely unaffected and many other groups of people who find ways to live outside the convention.
within that broader context, the conflict that happens when sets of “soulmates” collide could set off the widespread overthrow of the system.
(um, oops. now watch me start writing a soulmates fic.)
Intriguing theory. Though, what about the soulmate concept that isn’t tied solely to romance - that you wind up interacting with certain souls thru many stages of reincarnated life? To help or hinder, or to avoid by choice, but those souls gravitate.
hmmm, i hadn’t thought about that.
by removing it from the “one true romance” trope and introducing the concept of many souls, it already sounds more favorable to me as a premise in fiction. it sounds like those associations would arise due to prior experiences and choices, right? so in that case, it’s harder for me to think of it solely (pun intended) as mind control.
and i think that’s what bugs me the most from what i’ve seen in the soulmate trope: it’s like you’re going about your business and then one day you bump into some stranger and a switch goes off in your brain: SOULMATES. now you are cursed to associate intimately and romantically with this person and you will desire them no matter what.
that is the scenario that terrifies me.
100% agreed. It also presupposes that absolutely everything will work out for these two people, at the expense of others. Because if it doesn’t, then what? They never get to be happy? They can never love again? It’s awful.
yes, good point. see, now i’m envisioning a whole series of short stories in the horror or dystopian genre exploring the creepy, tragic, awful possibilities that can arise from the soulmates premise.
i get chills thinking about this stuff.
THAT IS A REALLY COOL IDEA THOUGH WOW. evil soulmates trope inversion, yes i like it. xD in general the idea is horrifying to me too just bc like… there are so many ways for ppl to be special to each other, so many variables. why reduce that???
yes, i love how you explained it: “so many variables, why reduce that???” so many different ways to relate to other people, so many different ways to figure out romances and friendships and everything that falls along those lines.
and i will totally admit i hesitated to post this because i thought “ooh, i could write a story about this and i shouldn’t give away the premise just yet!” but who am i kidding? i abandon all my original fic after half a chapter. oops.
Also, it’s creepily close to the Protestant theory of predestination, which if course says that those who will go to heaven have already been chosen before birth. It erases free will and is gross.
ah, yes, i can see that.
it also seems like it could easily be tied to very socially conservative agendas relating to sexuality and shaming. the whole “don’t sully yourself, wait for the one” argument that relegates certain people to inferior status based on their “deviant” expressions of sexuality.
i never knew the “soulmates” trope in fanfic was a thing until very recently. and now i’m seeing it EVERYWHERE.
be warned, if you adore this premise you might not want to read further. below the cut are my thoughts on why i’m not a fan.
milestone post follow up
thank you, dear friends, who participated in my milestone post reblog art giveaway.
the winner of the random number draw was the-duelling-tophat. i am super excited to get started on a drawing of agnes hawke!