Every Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.
This week’s subject is “Forbidden Love”:
A day late because lazy. This was a tough one, probably because I don’t read paranormal romance. My wife could probably have rattled off a dozen. But here we go…
Skipping urban fantasy and paranormal romance left out a lot of forbidden werewolf love. But Eddings comes through sort of, with this sorcerer-meets-wolf romance. They meet on the icy tundra when Belgarath is transformed into a wolf and Poledra strikes up a conversation with him. She then discovers how he transforms into a human and changes to an owl, seemingly disappearing. She reappears, however, as a beautiful woman and the pair are married. Then she has to sacrifice her life, but that’s another trope.
Lets face it, we could do an entire list of forbidden love in Piers Anthony novels. In fact, he’s probably done a whole novel of forbidden love himself. You can’t go far into one of his love without some ick, whether it’s Centaurs and Griffons getting jiggy or seductive sorceresses disguised as pre-teen girls. And those are the YA books. So we’ll stick to this sci-fi/fantasy mashup which features Stile, a serf in the sci-fi world and a powerful mage in the parallel fantasy world. You can guess who he’s having sex with in each world.
Oh come on, we can’t talk forbidden love without mentioning the love that daren’t speak its name. Jaime and Cersei will go to all sorts of lengths to hide their reenactments of Flowers in the Attic, including throwing children out of windows of high towers. Gave us a nasty little brat of a king as well. Cersei gets her come-uppance though, and you almost end up feeling sorry for her. Almost.
Note to any angels, you aren’t supposed to have sex. So when you meet that sweet, innocent girl right when you are having a moral crisis, just walk away. Gabriel is the famous angel with the flaming sword and Ellie is a sweet woman, who tenderly seduces him with her beauty and innocence. Until she reveals herself to be a succubus with a mean streak and a debt to John Constantine. You can see the results to the left.
I’ve just started reading this wonderful series, but the whole premise is forbidden love. The pair are members of warring alien races — Alana hails from the technological Landfall, while Marko is a magic-wielding native of the planet Wreath. The pair meet in a POW camp where Alana is a guard and Marko is being held as a conscientious objector. The series opens with Alana giving birth to their child Hazel and the couple on the run from both of their planets’ people. And it only looks to get better from there.
Come back next week when we take a look at “Major Discoveries.”