Warning: This post contains spoilers from the Throne Of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.
So, I’ve been doing a lot of posts to do with the Throne of Glass series. My only reason? It’s the last series I’ve read, and I can’t read another book because I’m too emotionally dead from it. I love these books so much. I don’t do book fandoms that much. I tend to avoid them for all the drama that comes with – ship wars, fan casting, etc. But I couldn’t stay away from this one.
Everything was good at first. Fine and dandy. Then things started getting bad – fans pitting themselves against one another. All because they’re #teamrowan, #teamchaol or #teamdorian.
Personally, I think all three characters are well written and developed. That doesn’t stop people from full on attacking each other because they like Rowan and someone else doesn’t, or whatever. It’s honestly so ridiculous.
The purpose of this post is to tell you that
- Of all the characters, Celaena/Aelin has gone through the most development
- Celaena is the most mentally strong
- She a badass female character. I mean, hello?? Female empowerment???
In case you didn’t know, this is a fantasy series. Not contemporary or romance. Why the hell does it matter who Celaena ends up with? Everywhere I’ve looked online (reviews, discussions, etc) they’re all centred around who they think Celaena is best suited for romantically. In the end, this is Celaena’s story. This is a story of how she she had her life turned upside down when her family was killed; she ended up a slave in a mine; then she was forced to work for the man who killed her family???; which then leads her to use her freedom to learn about her fae abilities in order to defeat said murderer. This is a story of how Celaena becomes Aelin. A princess to an assassin. An assassin to a slave. A slave to a champion. And a champion to a badass queen everyone should fear.
But all anyone cares about is her romantic interest.
One of the most powerful things in Heir of Fire is Celaena’s transformation into Aelin. She goes from being somewhat soft from her time in the mines and working for the king, to preparing herself to fight for her people and her kingdom. She was pretty well beat up after the mines. But she didn’t let that stop her. The fact that she spent a year as a slave, then went straight into a physically demanding competition says a lot about her as a person.
And should I bring in the way Rowan physically and mentally abused her, yet there she is at the end of the book, ready to fight for her people.
It’s just on thing that really annoys me within the Throne Of Glass fandom at the moment. Because it doesn’t matter if you’re team Chaol, Rowan or Dorian. We’re reading Celaena’s story. We should all be Team Celaena/Aelin. Unless you dislike Celaena, in which case I ask you: why the hell are you reading it in the first place?
We should be on the team of one of the strongest heroine in this book series, the heroine that helps female empowerment by breaking typical female stereotypes, especially within the fantasy genre.
I’d really like to hear what you’ve got to say about this whole ship war thing within the fandom at the moment! Please comment some of your ideas below!