So I just finished The Turn of The Story! (The anthology with the sequel is coming to my library as we speak!) And right now I’m painting(trying not to get on this key board too) and I just realized something amazing about this story! So I gathered the obvious gender role reversal stuff with the elves since its made very clear in the text but the entire story is about gender role reversal! In a typical story the guy always gets the girl because he deserves her. Girls can, not, get the guy because he is under no such obligation. In a girl centric story she might desperately date loads of guys(And get super judged for it) before realizing that she is ok being single. I once read that stories somewhere that stories about boys are usually about them maturing into something beyond children while stories about girls are more often about self actualization! Often in girl centric stories there is that popular girl that everybody loves who the nerdier girl might be jealous of(Luke) and the sporty jock type she crushes on (Serene) This is basically a stereotypical female centric plotline with all the genders swapped and it’s amazing!! Also I loved it a super lot. I want to ask some questions but with the sequel coming I will at least wait to see if my curiosity is sated there(Although I will say I kind of ship Elliot and Luke. Maybe that wasn’t your intent but it would be adorable as hell right??) — ladyknightthebrave
a) You have made some very cool points about gender roles in story, and very cool observations about my story, that I wished to share with the class!
b) Yeah, Luke/Elliot is a pretty okay ship, as ships go. ;)